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Fosinopril is often used to control high blood pressure and to relieve symptoms of congestive heart failure. Although not a cure for these conditions, it can help reduce the risks associated with long-term high blood pressure. Fosinopril works by causing the blood vessels to relax, which can lower blood pressure and increase the efficiency of the heart. Common side effects include dizziness, cough, and nausea.

What Is Fosinopril?

Fosinopril sodium (Monopril®) is a prescription medicine that has been licensed to treat several conditions related to the heart and blood vessels. It is part of a class of drugs called angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, or ACE inhibitors for short.
 

Who Makes It?

Fosinopril is manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.
 

What Is Fosinopril Used For?

Fosinopril has been licensed to treat a number of conditions. These uses include:
 
The medication does not cure high blood pressure or congestive heart failure. In addition, it has been approved for use only in adults and children six years of age and older.
 
(Click Fosinopril Uses for more information, including possible off-label uses.)
 

How Does It Work?

Fosinopril is part of a class of medicines called ACE inhibitors. ACE stands for angiotensin-converting enzyme. The medication helps to block the angiotensin-converting enzyme, which is normally part of a reaction in the body that causes the blood vessels to narrow (constrict). By blocking this enzyme, fosinopril causes blood vessels to relax, which can lower blood pressure.
 
By helping blood vessels relax, the drug also increases the efficiency of the heart. This means that the heart does not have to work as hard and more blood can be pumped out to the rest of the body. Both of these effects are helpful for a person with congestive heart failure.
 
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